Compostable Alternative to Plastic Wrap

A new non-woven spun/sprayed-on plant-based fiber material can replace plastic food packaging. Rutgers University and Harvard are developing a polymer nicknamed “APF” (Antimicrobial Pullulan Fiber) allows produce to remain shelf-stable longer. Apparently, you just wash off the non-toxic APF coating when you’re ready to use the produce. In image “e” above, the light green avocado is coated with APF. The dark green avocado is uncoated. In image “f”, the coating is being washed off. Image “g” shows the avocado with the APF washed off, ready for consumption.

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Anthony Myint Speaking at CiIT

Anthony Myint

Award-Winning chef/restaurateur leading public-private collaborations to mobilize the entire food and waste economy to scale climate solutions by shifting acres from extractive to carbon re-storing farming practices.

Presentation:

How Entire Industries and Jurisdictions are Scaling Carbon Sequestration

Registration is now available.

Tuesday, July 19, 2022 • 2:00pm to 3:30-ish, Pacific Time

Organized by Rick Anthony, Gary Liss, Ruth Abbe, & Chris Sparnicht

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Letter to US EPA: Composting is Infrastructure Too!

The EPA is asking for feedback on infrastructure law pertaining to US Recycling and Waste Management. It’s important for us to let those in charge know that Composting is Infrastructure Too! To that end these are some constructive resources for you to make that happen.

Note: Why are we asking for your name and address? EPA wants real names and addresses of constituents. Comments and sign-ons without real names and addresses are not counted.

Dear EPA,

We the undersigned want to ensure these considerations are integrated as part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law found at this EPA web page: https://www.epa.gov/rcra/bipartisan-infrastructure-law-transforming-us-recycling-and-waste-management

Why? Because Composting is infrastructure too. This is important first because about 18% of methane emissions come from landfills according to EPA’s own reporting. Second, about half of what’s landfilled can generally be diverted from landfills to composting facilities. These are the two easiest low hanging fruit to address when it comes to fighting climate change. In many counties that haven’t already begun, that means creating new or revising existing infrastructure so that compostable organics are diverted from landfills and into composting facilities at scales that are appropriate for each community. The list of physical and social parameters outlined below are important considerations in developing a strategy that funds bipartisan infrastructure that transforms US Recycling and Waste Management.

Physical Infrastructure – for compostable organics diversion

  • Reduction – (e.g. LeanPath,com)
  • Reusables – Edible Food to Food Pantries
  • Windrows
  • In-Vessel Systems
  • Urban Composting
  • Backyard Composting
  • Community Composting (decentralization)
  • on-Farm Composting
  • Digestion (Anaerobic/Aerobic)
  • Development of Collection Programs

Social Infrastructure – for compostable organics diversion

  • Permitting documents
  • Behavior Change
  • Adoption of Policies
  • Reduction
  • Training programs
  • Workforce Development 

Yours sincerely,

The undersigned


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    Growing the Movement – Methane Action Webinar

    Compostable Organics Out Of Landfill (COOLNow)

    April 13, 2022, 12 – 2pm EST
    9 – 11am PST, Zoom – Free

    The Compostable Organics Out Of Landfill (COOLNow) Chair Richard Anthony invites compost and resource management professionals and community organizers to attend this urgent call to action.

    We will discuss current initiatives, brainstorm and plan Spring activities, monthly state or regional virtual meetings and quarterly network meetings.

    This campaign will support local organizers in expanding their programs to remanage organics out of landfills and into composting facilities in order to reduce methane emissions and promote healthy soils.

    Free Methane Action Webinar! Find out more about COOLNow on this website!

    Advisors:

    • Richard Anthony, Vice President Of Advocacy, Zero Waste USA, President, Zero Waste International Alliance (ZWIA), Principal, Zero Waste Associates, San Diego CA
    • Sally Brown, Research Associate Professor, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
    • Stuart Buckner, Buckner Environmental Associates, Ronkonkoma,, NY
    • Peter Anderson, President of RecycleWorlds Consulting and Executive Director, Center for a Competitive Waste Industry, Madison, WI
    • Kevin Drew, Carbon Positive Futures and Zero Waste Coordinator, San Francisco Department of Environment, Petaluma, CA

    Staff:

    • Chris Sparnicht, Program Manager
    • Portia Sinnott, Program Director Zero Waste USA

    Organized by COOLNow Chair Richard Anthony of Zero Waste USA and the National Recycling Coalition Board.

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    Featured image is a combination of two concepts. The background is the “climate stripes” concept created by climatologist Ed Hawkins as a visual representation of the indisputable trend toward climate warming. The pie chart overlaid is a graphical representation of the Methane Emissions in 2020 as shown in the US EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Index of 2021 (GHGI 2021). Together they show the 17 percent of emissions that could be easily controlled today by legislation to remove compostable organics out of landfills. Let’s do this!

    No-Till Farming to Remediate Climate Change – ABC News

    Soil structure is layered. Different organisms prefer to live at different layers in the soil. When we till, those layers are disturbed. The ability for the soil to hold water and provide living space for flora and fauna is threatened. Storm water run-off is increased, affecting the entire biome downstream. But we don’t have to farm by tilling. No-till farming is a way of planting and harvesting without disturbing soil layers. Here’s a great in-depth video produced by ABC News about why No-Till farming could help reduce the impacts of climate change.

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    Fungi as Packaging, Housing, Meat Substitute

    A guy named Eben Bayer has been spearheading recent developments in the use of fungi for biodegradable packaging, housing and even meat substitutes! Although not explicitly covered in the linked blog post, fungi can be used to make packaging that is great for protecting glass or other breakable products at a competitive cost, while at the same time using a smaller carbon footprint to create the packaging.

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    Zero Waste Food Act of 2021

    Thanks to David P. Hott from NCRA Board of Directors for this information:

    Newly introduced in Congress, the Zero Food Waste Act would establish local programs in communities like ours that invest in preventing food waste and keeping it out of landfills. Food is too valuable to waste, and we need to take action now. Join me and World Wildlife Fund, and ask your member of Congress to cosponsor the Zero Waste Food Act.

    The Zero Waste Food Act of 2021 achieves at least these goals:

    • gets food into the hands of the food insecure
    • gets compostable organics out of landfills, thereby reducing methane

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    Why Isn’t Everyone Composting Yet?

    Read this 3-part deep dive by Time Dewey-Mattia, Education Manager at Napa Recycling & Waste Services and NCRA Board Member.

    Former NCRA President Arthur R Boone recently posed a question to Dewey-Mattia via email on “Why the conversion of the yard debris green cart into the full-service organics cart has stumbled badly in getting rolled out? Would love to understand all that resistance better.” Here is their correspondence and what both thought would be valuable to share with other interested parties.

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